|BSc in Psychology|
|Trainee Clinical Psychologist|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Trainee Clinical Psychologist in the United Kingdom
What I do
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
What I like most
The variation of the role. No two days are the same. One day you'll be at university focusing on theory, and the next you can be working at a charity and getting to know the local community.
What I like least
Honestly, there is nothing I dislike about this role. It's very rewarding and enjoyable.
What surprised me most
That the step from undergraduate to doctorate wasn't as big as I had expected. I think this is because the staff on the course are aware of the gap and ensure you're eased into a doctorate programme steadily.
What has helped my career to progress
Having experience in a health care setting is really important to get on any clinical psychology doctorate. There are no hard or fast rules about what you do. I volunteered as a team leader for Minds in Motion ( a university-led project helping those with dementia), volunteered at Bootham Park Psychiatric Hospital and shadowed a Primary Health Care Worker.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
Hopefully I will be a qualified clinical psychologist specialising in older adults with dementia and/or health psychology.
My advice to students considering work
Whilst having a lot of experience in the voluntary sector is great for any work in clinical psychology, it's usually not about how much you've done but what you've learnt from your experience.
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